Heath (born in Willesden, North London) duly signed with HMV who (after insisting on a change of name) released Please Don’t Touch in 1959 which charted at number 26.
The following year Kidd hit number one with the classic Shakin’ All Over.
He died while visiting his Father in California in 1971. John also ascribes the success of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates to opportunities afforded by a number of venues including the Lido.
When Johnny Kidd (then using his real name Freddie Heath [& The Nutters]) agreed a six-month deal to play a Wednesday night residency at the Lido, the Pragnells were apparently paid a princely £2,000 to release him from the contract.
The paper’s distribution centred on Basingstoke but is known to have encompassed Alton to the south and Farnborough, Aldershot and Fleet to the east.
It must be assumed that the Lido’s audiences included people who had seen the ads and made the relatively short trip to Winchester by car, bus or train.
On this page: Winchester Lido, selective history and background Brief biographies of artists on ‘Winchester Lido Gig List’ page (replete with wild speculation that Jeff Hunter might have been Freddie Starr and that Johnny Anger might have been Heinz!One lady claims to have chatted to the band after their performance: “We took them back to my place for coffee, but my mother thought they were no good layabouts and threw them out, so we went to Sue’s house for coffee, her parents were in bed.” Bill Wyman’s ‘Rolling with the Stones’ (Dorling Kindersley, 2002) says that their chart success boosted their claim for better fees; the Lido gig was the first time the group was paid £200. Their second single ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ had just cracked the top twenty.The Stones also appeared at the Atlanta Ballroom in Woking on August 19 1964) who were just about to storm the charts with their third single for PYE; You Really Got Me.The paper continued to carry ads for wrestling events; usually on Wednesdays (and featuring the likes of Ray Fury, ‘Tug’ Holton and yes; Tiger Woods).One might speculate that the establishment of the Galaxy Club in Basingstoke (May 30 1964) suddenly gave music fans a good night out closer to home and that the Lido was losing its Basingstoke fan-base. as a Club House and swimming pool, according to Joan Jackson of the Trinity Badminton Club (uk/briefhistory.htm).